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BACKGROUND Surgisis and AlloDerm, two biosynthetic materials, have been previously used with success in abdominal wall repairs in the setting of contaminated fields. Historically, Vicryl Woven Mesh, a synthetic material, has also been used in such settings as a temporary bridge for abdominal wall reconstruction. This study compares Surgisis and AlloDerm(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To review neutrophil physiology, consequences of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN), CIN risk assessment models, national practice guidelines, the impact of febrile neutropenia and infection, and what is known and unknown about CIN. DATA SOURCES Extensive review and summary of published neutropenia literature, guidelines,(More)
We previously reported that three risk factors (RF): initial remission duration <1 year, active B symptoms, and extranodal disease predict outcome in relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Our goal was to improve event-free survival (EFS) for patients with multiple RF and to determine if response to salvage therapy impacted outcome. We conducted a(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To summarize the current available evidence for oncology nurses so that they may predict and prevent complications of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN), provide optimal education to patients, and become familiar with the state of the knowledge of neutropenia by understanding the evidence and guidelines for patients with cancer who(More)
BACKGROUND The cardiothoracic surgical workforce is changing. Although 5% of practicing surgeons are women, 20% of current cardiothoracic surgery residents are women. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of gender on specialty interest, satisfaction, and career pathways of current residents. METHODS Responses to the mandatory 2015(More)
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has gained support as a single-staged and stand-alone bariatric procedure. Reports of excess weight loss of 35 to 83 per cent, reduction in comorbidities, and decreased operative morbidity have garnered support for LSG. This study represents an initial outcome analysis of LSG performed solely at a military treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic resection is increasingly utilized for treating early stage esophageal cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) frequently guides treatment selection. Studies report greater than 80% sensitivity and 90% specificity, but our experience suggests less accuracy at the gastroesophageal (GE) junction. The objective of this study is to(More)
Preparation of cord blood (CB) units for infusion by albumin-dextran dilution without centrifugation may be advantageous for adult patients to minimize cell loss and, unlike a bedside thaw, is still conducted in the controlled laboratory environment. Therefore, we studied CB transplantation (CBT) using this technique in 54 consecutive CBT recipients >20 kg.(More)
Pre-engraftment syndrome (PES) occurring after cord blood transplantation (CBT) is poorly characterized. We reviewed 52 consecutive double-unit CBT recipients treated for high-risk hematologic malignancies. PES was defined as unexplained fever >38.3 degrees C (101 degrees F) not associated with infection and unresponsive to antimicrobials, and/or(More)